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Descendant of rancho family seeks to mark historic graves
Descendant of rancho family seeks to mark historic graves

An unusual crop is sprouting in Ernest Marquez's backyard in West Hills: nearly two dozen 2-foot-high concrete crosses. The 90-year-old graphic designer wants to fulfill his long-held dream of creating nearly three dozen grave markers for his family's 19th century burial ground in Santa Monica Canyon. "Some time in the past, all the markers were taken or destroyed," Marquez said. With the exception of stones the family erected to mark the graves of his grandfather and grandmother, "the cemetery has remained empty of any identification of where a grave might be." Once part of a large cattle ranch, the Pascual Marquez Family Cemetery stands amid stately...

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